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Celebrating Fairtrade workers this fortnight

February 2014

As one of the founders of the Fairtrade Foundation, we remain committed to trade justice.  With your help, we support Fairtrade certified partners around the world – from couscous producers in the occupied Palestinian territory to coffee farmers in Nicaragua.

Did you know?

  • The Fairtrade Foundation currently works with 1.3 million farmers and workers in more than 70 developing countries.

Farmers in the occupied Palestinian territory

Amwar Ismaeel, a Palestinian farmer Our partner, PARC, works with small farmers and rural women like Amwar Ismaeel (right) across the West Bank and Gaza Strip to improve their chances of making a living from their produce and to develop a strong Palestinian agricultural sector.

PARC runs a Fairtrade processing company which helps the producers to process, package and export their products – both locally and internationally. Products include extra virgin olive oil, couscous, dates, almonds and thyme.

We specifically support PARC’s project with women’s cooperatives, to increase their market share in domestic and international markets. The couscous and thyme, for example, are produced solely by women. They are also involved in shelling almonds and making soap using the olive oil.

Zimbabwe’s fairly traded flowers

A safflower KAITE Trust works with small producers in Zimbabwe, helping them produce, process and package edible flowers to meet Fairtrade and organic standards.

With these certifications, along with marketing support from KAITE, farmers can fetch premium prices for their crops.

Together with our long term partner Dabane Trust, KAITE has been working with 500 farmers in the Matabeleland South province of Zimbabwe to grow rosella and safflower. Rosella petals are most commonly used to make drinks, while safflower petals and seeds are used in drinks, dyes and medicines.

After just a year, almost all the farmers are now selling rosella and safflower to a private firm for export, and have earned an average of $80 each.

A better price for coffee beans in Nicaragua

Two smiling female coffee producers from Nicarague SOPPEXCCA (the Society for Small producers, Exporters, Marketers and Buyers of Coffee) is a collective of small coffee-farming cooperatives in Jinotega, Nicaragua’s “coffee capital”.

We have been supporting SOPPEXCCA since it was set up in 1997. Two years later, SOPPEXCCA gained Fairtrade certification.

As with all Fairtrade producers, the coffee farmers receive a Fairtrade premium which, together, they decide how to spend.

In the communities where SOPPEXCCA work, cooperative members have invested in schools, health centres and pharmacies.

Our funding has helped SOPPEXCCA to grow from a small organisation working with 68 coffee producers, to more than 650 today. We have helped them to secure funding to build a processing factory including a coffee roaster and packaging machine.

We have also helped farmers to improve their coffee quality so they can reach more customers and get a better price for their beans. 

Do your bit

The majority of bananas sold in the UK are so cheap that banana farmers can't make ends meet. Please do your bit and join the Make Bananas Fair campaign this Fairtrade Fortnight.

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